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The Student Perspectives blog is a fresh and realistic snapshot of the life of veterinary medical and biomedical science students.
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From the Classroom to Actually Practicing Medicine

From the Classroom to Actually Practicing Medicine I feel like I say this all the time, but I can't believe how quickly the semester is flying by! The kicker is that this semester is my last semester of formal class in veterinary school, which is both terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. I'm trying to soak up as much information as possible during this last semester because I know there is a time in the not-so-distant future when I'll be expected to put this knowledge to use. It's funny to think how eager I was first year to finish the classroom portion of vet school and get into clinics, and now I'm wishing I could review anatomy with the first years one last time. Don't get me wrong: I am excited to be done with the classroom, especially after four years of undergrad and almost three years of vet school. It's just that I've finally gotten the studying down; I really am a professional student. In May, I will have to start over, in a sense, and build an entirely new skill set as I begin t... (Read More)

The Best One Yet

The Best One Yet This week marks the officially the 6th week of the 2015 spring semester, and as the first round of exams roles out to an end, I see myself getting into a great start for the rest of the semester. Last semester was a good, but it wasn't good enough, and I know I could it have been better. There was definitely much room for improvement. So this semester I saw it fit that I actually make that improvement that I thought was necessary. So after five complete weeks of hard work and determination, that improvement I've been waiting for has finally arrived. Getting back my results from the first round of exams helped me become more confident in my academic endeavors, which also enabled me to look forward to the rest if the semester with my head high. My goal, like any other college student, is to end the year with a 4.0, and by the looks from it, it seems very possible. So to anyone who might be reading this and feels as if this semester hasn’t gotten off... (Read More)


Birthdays I can’t believe it has already been five weeks since school started, and we have three more weeks until spring break!! I have already had first tests in half of my classes, and they went pretty well! Now it is time to start studying for the next round of tests, which hopefully won’t be too bad. This past month has been filled with birthdays, which made my February busy. Four of my friends (and my dog) have birthdays this month, so we would go out to dinner to celebrate each week. The good part is that each week I get cookies or cake! Last week I went to BJ’s to celebrate one of my friend’s birthday and we had Pizookies. If you have never had a Pizookie, then you are missing out. They are the best desserts ever. They are a cookie fresh out of the oven with ice cream on top, and they are amazing. It is the best study break. The only bad thing about these birthdays was that I couldn’t go and visit my dog on his birthday. He lives back in my hom... (Read More)

Spring Semester Perspective

Spring Semester Perspective It is now the spring semester of my second year as a veterinary student, and for the first time in a while I am excited about my classes and the curriculum. The first year of vet school was a challenge, on so many levels, for my classmates and me. The classes are difficult and there is (what seems like) a never-ending flow of work and studying to be done, with no breaks to catch your breath and recover. Then, in the second year of vet school you start fall semester with some rather challenging classes. The schedule was far improved over that of first year, but the classes increased in difficulty almost enough to offset that extra time we had in our day. By the time I got to Christmas break last semester, I was exhausted and needed the time off. Now, I am in the spring semester of my second year and I am really enjoying my classes thus far. One particularly exciting course is my anesthesiology and surgery class. In this class, we start working o... (Read More)

Life Update

Life Update This semester will be my second as a junior in Biomedical Sciences. Classes are going extremely well so far, and I am actually looking forward to my first round of tests that will be coming up next week. As my career as a student furthers, I’ve noticed that test taking becomes less stressful and more of a challenge at which I want to excel. The one thing I try to keep in mind at the beginning of each semester is to start off strong and work hard, as it sets the standard of your work ethic for the rest of the semester. On a different note, this semester I have begun to volunteer at a local clinic where I am able to assist both the nurses and physicians with the patients. I have also decided to improve my Spanish, as I have realized how important it is to communicate with patients in a language they are more comfortable speaking. I believe improving my Spanish will be both crucial and beneficial in the work place, especially if I want to go into ... (Read More)

Second Year

Second Year So far the spring semester of my second year of veterinary school has been great! There are so many things that I get to look forward to this semester. We started anesthesiology/surgery, which is a class I have been looking forward to since I started vet school. We have already gotten to participate in exciting labs. For example, we’ve gotten to place catheters in dogs and goats, correctly pre-med dogs for anesthesia, place live dogs under anesthesia and monitor them, and give an epidural to a goat. Everything is starting to become more real now that we are moving out of the basic veterinary courses and getting closer to clinics. Every time we get to work on live animals, I am reminded of how close we are getting to becoming veterinarians. In April of this semester, my second-year class will be getting our white coats at our white coat ceremony! The ceremony is definitely going to be an encouragement before finals to keep pushing forward. After th... (Read More)

Happy Belated Valentine's Day

Happy Belated Valentine's Day Happy Belated Valentine’s Day from yours truly! Yes, yes, we all know Valentine’s Day is a made-up holiday that the corporate world has created in order to sell more candy and flowers. But I mean, why not have another reason to celebrate? You may not be “in love,” but everyone has someone or something they love. This could be a pet, a family member, that special someone, or maybe the idea of having your weekend dedicated to sleep. So, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, this blog is dedicated to those I love! I know I couldn’t have made it as far as I have without the love of my family. They are some of the most caring people I know. We may argue and bicker about nothing, but I know they love me as much as I love them. Yours maybe an extended family, a group of friends, a roommate, but what really matters is that you tell them this season how much you appreciate and love them for just being themselves. Of course, being the animal lover I am... (Read More)

4th Year is Coming

4th Year is Coming There was a huge flood of third-year veterinary students to the mailboxes on Monday because of one little blue piece of paper: our fourth year schedules. These schedules are all of the rotations that we will have for the entirety of our fourth year, from the week we start fourth year to our last week of fourth year before we graduate. As fourth years, we spend an entire calendar year in the small and large animal hospitals actually working with the clinicians, residents, and interns and really learning how to be doctors. We are responsible for our patients and work with them to come up with treatment plans for each animal. Students have the options of tracking large, small, mixed, or alternative, and our rotations reflect that. For example, if you track large, you have rotations primarily in the large animal hospital; if you track small, you have rotations primarily in the small animal hospital. We also have certain required rotations, such as ... (Read More)

How long is a semester, really?

How long is a semester, really? It’s been an entire semester since I started my veterinary career as a student at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. It feels like it’s been about three years. The difference between my attitude, confidence, and knowledge after just a few months is tremendous! Admittedly, things were difficult last semester. As someone who came into the vet school class having not been a science major in undergrad, I had a lot of adjusting to do. For one, I wasn’t used to taking 18+ hours worth of straight science classes in any one semester. I wasn’t used to having to study for hours and hours, or to having two, three, or four, tests and quizzes in a week’s span (sometimes two weeks, if we were lucky). I wasn’t used to treating life as cumulative, rather than simply final exams. So, yes, it was a struggle. But, I made it through stronger and more knowledgeable than ever. Vet school is truly a life-changing expe... (Read More)

Therapy Animals

Therapy Animals I have been a member of Aggieland Pets with a Purpose (APWAP) since August 2011. This amazing volunteer organization visits schools, hospitals, Texas A&M’s library during finals, assisted living facilities, and many other places with their animals. The handler team consists of a volunteer, who is usually the pet's owner, and their evaluated and trained animal. Usually the animals are dogs, but that's not always the case—currently there is an active cat and miniature horse in our group. Harley, my miniature poodle, recently passed his APWAP certification test in August 2014. I'm often asked what makes a good therapy animal. Animals who participate in therapy must be comfortable in new places and enjoy meeting new people. They shouldn't be overly afraid of loud noises, strange movements such as a wheelchair or a walker, or being surrounded by a crowd of people. They need to be comfortable being touched and handled all over their bodies and s... (Read More)